THE Childhood Development Foundation (CDF) has opened a new Early Childhood Development Centre in Otjomuise.
CDF is a non-governmental charity organisation established in Namibia in 2007 with the main aim of supporting orphans and vulnerable children with their education. It has been operating from a centre near the Goreangab Dam since 2007 and has now moved to the new premises in Otjomuise.
Forty children are accommodated in the kindergarten and pre-primary classes. The children also receive breakfast and lunch at the centre.
After attending the pre-primary classes the children can move on to State schools.
Currently CDF is sponsoring 70 children from Grade 1 to 12 with uniforms, school fees and stationery. The children’s performance at school is monitored and they receive mentoring when required.
“We have also just started with an after-school programme assisting those children living in the proximity of the centre with their homework. We are assisted by Beautiful Kidz who have some experience with after school programmes,” said Ger Kegge, the chairman of CDF.
The new centre has four classrooms, a dining hall with a kitchen and storerooms, ablution blocks and a small office. The total investment in the centre is just over N$2 million.